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Don't assume a revolution will be a leftward revolution.


World reaction to Trump success

"Many Mexicans might be stunned by the success of a man who has said so many absurd things — from the mad idea of building a wall on the border with Mexico and making this country pay for it, to the concept that global warming was invented by the Chinese to hurt the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector," the editorial noted. "Nonetheless, just as in Mexico people are tired of traditional politicians, the same thing is occurring in the United States. Being distant from the 'establishment,' the political elites in Washington, is in itself a virtue that is more important than other defects."

An article in the Hindu, a leading Indian daily, summed up what has come to pass: "Entering politics 10 months ago, Mr. Trump, whose business practices may be questionable but has unbeatable showmanship, ran a campaign that upended the Republican Party and outraged the American liberal conscience in his march to victory."

"So this Wednesday morning, Europe wakes up to Donald Trump across the Atlantic as the presumptive Republican nominee," wrote the left-of-center French daily Liberation, as cited by a comprehensive BBC roundup of the European press. "A man who many considered just a few months ago as a clown. Many voters vote Trump precisely because he has no political experience and has never held elected office."

Contemplating the "craziest U.S. presidential election campaign" that awaits, Germany's conservative Die Welt declared "the unthinkable has come to pass."

The respected German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung described Trump's ascension as part of a "historic election marked by an element of madness."

Supreme Court may be filled due to Trump nomination

Republicans must know that there is absolutely no chance that we will win the White House in 2016 now. They must also know that we are likely to lose the Senate as well. So the choices, essentially, are to confirm Garland and have another bite at the apple in a decade, or watch as President Clinton nominates someone who is radically more leftist and 10-15 years younger, and we are in no position to stop it.


The Trump nomination has the chance of making states become more extreme GOP.

Moderate republicans may not vote in high enough numbers to overcome the more engaged Trump lunatics. If you are in a GOP controlled state and there is no democrat candidate, you might need to support the lesser of two evil republicans in other to prevent your state from going even further right.


Hate Donald Trump supporters? You've got a problem.

Should people even stay friends with Trump supporters? After Peter Wehner, another fierce conservative opponent of Trump, argued in the New York Times that friendship should come before political disagreements, Isaac Chotiner criticized Wehner in Slate for this softness: Trump caters to bigotry, which is worth ending a friendship over.


Love to see Republicans finally admitting their party has lost its mind nt


pretty good article on voting irregularities



Hey there you handsome superdelegate....

You probably remember that I called the Democratic party corrupt

And you might remember that I called almost all superdelegates shills
I complained that you supported the oligarchy instead of the will of the people.

Most of that was silly ranting from my youthful days...last month.

But here's the thing...turns out I'm part of that oligarchy too.
And I expect you to vote for me..instead of the voters choice.
Why care what the voters want or believe, turns out the oligarchy is the way to go.
Vote for me because you know I'm more electable.

PS: ignore the fact that my staffers are planning on primarying you in the next election...its purely coincidental..


Governor Browns response to Governor Scott's attempts to poach business due to $15/hr min wage

Dear Governor Scott,

I’m writing to welcome you back to California – a state that in the last year has added more jobs than Florida and Texas combined. We’re home to Hollywood, Silicon Valley and more than 50 Fortune 500 companies. We attract more than half of the nation’s venture capital investment, win more than a quarter of the nation’s patents and grow much of the nation’s fruits and vegetables. Our budget is balanced. We’re paying down debt and building a solid rainy day fund.

Rick, a fact you’d like to ignore: California is the 7th largest economic power in the world. We’re competing with nations like Brazil and France, not states like Florida.

If you’re truly serious about Florida’s economic wellbeing, it’s time to stop the silly political stunts and start doing something about climate change – two words you won’t even let state officials say. The threat is real and so too will be the devastating impacts.

To help you get a better grasp on things, I’m enclosing a recent report authored by the Risky Business Project, a nonpartisan climate initiative led by Hank Paulson, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer. It’s titled, “Come Heat and High Water: Climate Risk in the Southeastern U.S. and Texas,” and finds:

“Florida faces more risk than any other state that private, insurable property could be inundated by high tide, storm surge and sea level rise. By 2030 up to $69 billion in coastal property will likely be at risk of inundation at high tide that is not at risk today. By 2050, the value of property below local high tide levels will increase to up to about $152 billion.”

The report also notes that Florida’s economy could suffer billions of dollars in additional losses as labor productivity drops and storm damage mounts due to extreme weather events.

So, while you’re enjoying a stroll on one of California’s beautiful beaches this week, don’t stick your head in the sand. Take a few minutes to read the rest of this report. There’s no time to waste.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.

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